Scenario #2


Create a pool of XenServer (XS) virtualization hosts using network-attached storage (NAS) and segregated networks for Management, Storage, and guest traffic using XenServer 6.5, Service Pack 1.


Any standard x86_64 computer with at least 3 Ethernet PIFs.


XenServer, Version 6.5, Service Pack 1

IP-Based Services:

This tutorial requires the following IP-based services to already be available:

  1. DHCP
  2. NAT
  3. NFS

While this is a slightly more complex scenario than Scenario #1 it does illustrate how XenServer might typically be utilized in an IT environment: The consolidation of hosts to provide for the efficient, reliable operation of multiple IP-based services in an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) environment.

This tutorial makes the standard set of assumptions:

  • The NAS system (i.e., NFS) has enough capacity to host all of the guests’ VHD’s.
  • The available memory of the virtualization platform has enough capacity to host all of the guests plus 2 GB of RAM for the hypervisor.
  • The virtualization platform’s network uplink and the network infrastructure both have enough capacity for all of the guests’ network demands.
  • Tutorial #1 – Resource Pool Creation and Basic Configuration
  • Tutorial #2 – Bonding Network Interfaces
  • Tutorial #3 – Configuring High Availability for the Resource Pool – Coming soon!

Changelog: This scenario was last modified 20-Jul-2017